“When you know that you are going to cancel a card right before the annual fee is due, call a couple months ahead instead. I just called on my two Citi AA cards and they gave me an $85 statement credit and 500 bonus points/month on both just to keep the card. I can still cancel in a couple of months when the fee is due. I will do this with all the cards I plan on cancelling from now on.”
Starwood Preferred Guest Continued: It’s a good program and I’m on a roll, so why not?
Some frequently asked questions about SPG and the answers below.
“The Nights and Flights sounds like a great deal! Am I correct that how you use the 50,000 miles after the transfer is up to you? The Nights and Flights promotion only requires that you make the transfer to get the hotel stay?” - Mike
I called SPG and spoke with a representative who told me that when you redeem your Starpoints for the Nights and Flights option, you must book your hotel right then with the SPG representative. But as far as using the airline miles, that part is up to you. They make the points transfer and book your hotel. You do what you want with the airline miles later.
“If I stay two nights, booked with my SPG card at participating Sheraton hotels, I’ll get a third night free. Is this two paid nights, or two nights booked with points? “-Rharrigill
“How long do SPG points last before they expire because of inactivity?”- Anonymous reader
“My wife and I both have accounts and we will eventually make her the primary account. Can I transfer my points to her? – Anonymous reader
If you share an address, members of the same household may transfer miles between accounts. There is a transfer form you must fill out. Go to SPG.com. Under the “Quick Links” tab, choose the “Redeem Points” option. All the way at the bottom is the “Transfer to another member“ option. It will prompt you to log into your account and take you to the transfer points form.
“Does the 5th night free apply to the Cash and Points option as well?” – Anonymous Reader
Starwood does not allow overlapping of promotions. So the answer is no, we cannot double dip on this one. I was also wondering if I could apply a AAA member hotel discount with the Sheraton “stay two get a third night free” deal. When I asked SPG they said no. I am curious though: If I showed up at check in and presented my AAA card, could I get the 10% discount applied or the free breakfast they offer applied then?
– The Rookie, Shannon
IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card
- Annual Fee: $49 fee waived for the first year
- Foreign Fees: No
- Card Type: Hotel
The IHG Rewards Club Visa is often cited as one of the most underrated hotel credit cards, with good reason. The official offer is for 70,000 points after $1,000 spent within three months, with the first year’s fee waived. The card comes with an annual free night certificate that can be used at any IHG property, including Intercontinental hotels - making this certificate worth upwards of 50,000 points. This is far more generous than some other hotel cards, which limit the categories in which free night certificates can be redeemed.
Cardholders earn 5 points per dollar at IHG hotels; 2 points per dollar at gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants; 1 point per dollar everywhere else. Moreover, you’ll get a 10% rebate on award redemptions, up to 100,000 points per year. The card also comes with Platinum status, though that doesn’t get you much with IHG. Still, this is a fantastic card to have in your wallet, with benefits that far outweigh the already low $49 annual fee.
- Earn 70,000 bonus points after you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months of account opening
- Enjoy a free night of card membership at over 4,700 hotels worldwide
- Earn 5 points for each $1 spent at our hotels
- Earn 2 points per $1 spent on purchases at gas stations, grocery stores and restaurants
- Bonus points redeemable at hotels such as Intercontinental® Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts and Holiday Inn®
- Automatic platinum elite status, as long as you remain a cardmember
- $0 introductory annual fee the first year, then $49